Blast from the past: Meiring rows to victory, but beetles off ...

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Blast from the past: Meiring rows to victory, but beetles off after banning

Today in SA sports history: July 28

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Today in SA sports history: July 28

1962 — Parys paddler Nollie Meiring wins the inaugural Berg River Canoe Marathon in his rudderless canvas-and-wood boat, Kelkiewyn. But after accepting the first prize, a new red Volkswagen Beetle, he was banned as a professional by the national canoeing federation. Meiring remained in the sport, however, and drove around the country in his offending car to get to events, notching up more than 250,000km.

2001 — Captain Bobby Skinstad scores the only try as the Springboks beat Australia 20-15 in a Tri-Nations match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Braam van Straaten, at inside centre, slotted five penalties...

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